If I'm not reading and learning, I'm not improving myself. Therefore, I won't be the best teacher I can be for you. Reading and learning is one of the most important things that we can do as human beings.
Our brain has infinite capacity to hold more thought and understanding. It marvels me. Here I want to share the things that I am reading, watching and listening to.
I just finished reading 𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐑 𝐍𝐎𝐍𝐒𝐄𝐍𝐒𝐄 𝘣𝘺 𝘏𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘋𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘳 (@lexical_lab) and 𝘈𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘸 𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘭𝘦𝘺 and here are 𝟑 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 I got from it:
1) Teachers should be teaching grammar through the same way that vocabulary is taught. Rather than relying on lists of single words and rules - 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐈𝐍 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐗𝐓, demonstrating how they are used in the world today.
2)For teachers to avoid exercises that ask students to differentiate meanings and we should opt for texts with natural examples - 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐧𝐤𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠.
3) R.e. - Teaching from a coursebook - "𝘐𝘵 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘣𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 - 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵."
𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬, it is constantly evolving. Evolve with it.
4)A bonus one - He gave me some additional reading ideas - Martin Parrot's Grammar for English Language Teachers (Thanks 👍)
🚀 What this means for you is this: If you are a learner - your teachers (me and Alex) were pretty much doing all this anyway, however we are now smarter and better equipped to ensure you get even more from your learning.
If you are a teacher - I recommend that you buy this book. Teachers who are comfortable with following a teaching book and following mass-marketed course books - have another think about if this REALLY IS the English your students need.
OK...so...Tell me in a comment:
📚 What's one book I should add to my reading list?
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